Hickory, N.C. – The Charleston RiverDogs got off to a hot start and a 6-2 lead after five innings of play Thursday, but the Hickory Crawdads rallied for an 8-6 win over the RiverDogs.
In the first four innings, Charleston’s bats struck early and often. The RiverDogs scored three runs in the second, two in the fourth and one in the fifth. Offensively, Charleston was led by catcher Peter O’Brien and outfielder Danny Oh, who each had two hits a piece.
Pitching was the deciding factor Thursday night. Starter Vicente Campos went three innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with four strikeouts. Campos was relieved by Evan Rutckyj (1-2) who got roughed up. In Rutckyj’s four innings of work, he allowed six runs on seven hits, two walks, three homers and four wild pitches. Rutckyj was relieved by Dietrich Enns, who threw a scoreless eighth.
Hickory starter Eric Brooks got pushed and lasted just 3.1 innings. Brooks surrendered six runs, four of them earned on seven hits while walking one and striking out one. Brooks was bailed out by his bullpen and offense. After Brooks departed, his team scored six runs enroute to their victory. Reliever John Kukuruda (1-0) picked up the win, tossing 3.2 shutout innings. Cody Kendall picked up his second save of the season by throwing two shutout, no-hit innings.
The RiverDogs and Crawdads will play tonight at 7.
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